Kevin Carroll

Kevin C.

Austin, TX
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

About Kevin C.

I am a certified State of Texas Elementary Educator, has led ukulele workshops internationally, teaches private and group music lessons to all ages and levels in Austin, TX . I have launched a ukulele-based music education charity which brings lessons and instruments to schools and students with limited resources. Equally passionate about music, education and ukulele, I seek to inspire and empower students to exercise their birthright of making music. I am currently in the second year of course study in Canadian virtuoso James Hill’s Ukulele Initiative teacher training program. My scope of teaching includes Texas-based music, blues, soul, funk, slide ukulele, family music facilitation, ukulele ensembles, and beginners of all ages. I specialize in ukulele and also teach most styles of guitar, music theory, bass, voice and family music facilitation.

I have been a resident of Austin, TX for over 20 years where I have played guitar and toured across the globe with Americana artists such as the Flatlanders (Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore), Jimmy LaFave, Alejandro Escovedo, Robyn Ludwick , Charlie and Bruce Robison and many others. In addition to leading my own groups as a singer-songwriter, I have produced albums and written songs for several Austin artists.

Students have used the words patient, wise, organized, skillful, funny, laid-back, and committed to describe my teaching.

What all this translates to is that I have a lifetime of experience in the music world that I'd love to share with those interested in learning more. My specialties include teaching music theory, working with groups, exploring songwriting, intermediate and advanced guitar study, and working with youngsters. Deeper exploration into music history as it applies to the lessons and the more detailed aspects of musical gear are also avenues of possible study. I've become recently certified as an elementary educator in the state of Texas and have gained valuable training and experience working with youngsters. I strive to discover each student's goals and interests and design an approach to best lead each student where they want to go, and beyond! I also want to understand how my students think, work and learn best.

This knowledge is invaluable as a teacher. My lessons are typically filled with a mixture of exercises, video viewing, active listening, ear training, and playing together to ensure that material is being comprehended and brought to life for each student's learning style. We devise strategies together to meet the goals of the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a laid-back, yet, driven teacher. I currently have students studying guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, music theory, voice, and songwriting. I strive to give positive feedback regularly and to enhance a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the tremendous art of music. My primary aim is to design a solid route for each student to get what they want out of playing music. Along this path, we will encounter many aspects of music and I value and enjoy them all. I hope to share this knowledge and passion with each student and I always learn something new myself in the process. I have a great deal of patience and a dry sense of humor. Over the years I've adopted many approaches that include: elements from my numerous years as a player, teacher and student; the works of Ted Greene; my study with master player and teacher Gordon Rowland, as well as several different instructional manuals of all levels. I'm currently in a 3 year teacher training program with ukulele master James Hill.

*** Studio Equipment ***
classroom sized teaching studio,hardwood floors, macbook pro, large monitor, amps, guitars, bass, ukuleles galore, music dvds, iPad,extensive library of music books and pdfs.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching all ages and levels of ukulele and also, guitar, bass, music theory, country, rock, soul, blues and exploring creativity through songwriting. I have an elementary education certificate and am equally comfortable with young children, teens and adults.

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GaryG1

Kevin is an excellent teacher. His enthusiasm and support really help my desire to learn how to play the ukelele. He is able to identify my weaknesses and provide valuable feedback on how to address those weaknesses. Although I have no music background whatsoever, Kevin has given me hope that I can actually play an instrument.

Posted May 2, 2012
CainM

Amazing

Well what can I say. When I went into my first lesson I was so scared and nervous. He made feel welcome to his home and after a day of lessons I felt more loose and comfortable. Kevin is a GREAT Instructor. He is a chill person with a great personality. Always greeting you with a smile on his face. A+ in my book.

Posted Mar 23, 2012
BurakU

Kevin is easy to work with and very experienced. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of music technique and creates a comfortable atmosphere for his students.

Posted Feb 2, 2012
RudyS

A Life-Changing, enriching experience!

Kevin's easy, encouraging teaching style helped me to break through my personal mental barrier that I've always had to learning music theory.I now have the tools I need to continue learning on my own, and the knowledge that he's there if I run into any stumbling blocks.Thank, Kevin and Take Lessons.

Posted Jan 27, 2012
RobJ1

Excellent Vocal Instructor!!!

Kevin is an outstanding teacher. I have been taking vocal lessons and I plan on transitioning into guitar lessons. He has an inate ability to listen to what you want to accomplish and create a plan the helps you meet that goal. Each lesson is relaxed, well organized, flexible and fun.

Posted Jan 19, 2012
PhilippeB

Great

I've nothing else but great things to say about Kevin C. The 3 lessons I had so far completed my expectations. He identified my weaknesses and provides me the help I need. Besides he's very kind and open minded which I appreciate.Thanks!

Posted Nov 10, 2011
jasonl

Lessons are going well, going to take awhile to get to where I want to be, but am looking forward to it.

Posted Sep 26, 2011
ClaraL

Kevin is a wonderful teacher! He is professioinal, dedicate, warm, fun and patient. I have learned a lot and have a good time.

Posted Aug 20, 2011
SteveF

Old Fart

It really was a great lesson the CD was so helpful listened to it all evening Very helpful for my old fart mind.

Posted Mar 15, 2011
AravindhaA

Mr

I'm really glad that I found Kevin. He has made me take up 'playing the guitar' seriously again since he is also an amazing performer. I really like his teaching methodology and I have had a lot of fun and am learning a lot in the process. I strongly recommend!

Posted Mar 14, 2011

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